Silencing My Opinion and Shouting Out His Praise

For the Scriptures say, “’As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.’” (Romans 14:11)

Ever wonder about that great day? When every knee is bowed and every tongue is confessing?

Just think about it, nothing else will be happening, nothing, not a single thing but praising the Lord. Cell phones won’t be ringing, appointments won’t be made or kept, soccer practice will be canceled, the latest happenings on social media sites will all stop.

The loudest cease and desist order ever. A phenomenon.

And what I find most interesting about this wonderful day is that our opinions, opinions of people, our opinion of places, and our opinions of things won’t matter in the least. Our opinions won’t even be distant memories. That on that day, the main and most unrelenting focus will be on Jesus Christ the Savior.

So why do you condemn another brother (sister)? Why do you look down on another brother (sister)? Remember, we will all stand before the Judgment seat of God. (Romans 14:10)

Now let’s take a look at Jesus’ actions and our opinions. The ‘right now’ opinions we all have. And ask some questions. How important is my mine? How important is yours? Of others? Haven’t we all at one time or another felt the desire to have a one-up on someone’s intelligence or life circumstance.

Choosing to see conviction over redemption.

We can relate? Can’t we? We do (have done) good things. We do (have done) things that are shameful. Things that have changed our lives. Things that have changed others opinions of us.

But how do we react when our own story is out the open? Better yet, dug up? Or when another person has shared their testimony? Do we show our true colors? Or do we paint a redeeming portrait of Jesus Christ in our own life?

Our Christian walk and talk is our evidence.

 …he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8)

Jesus’ earthly ministry could be looked upon as short-lived but it was influential to say the least. Not a single chat, teaching, correction, rebuke, conversation, lecture, and more importantly, sacrifice, was ever without being about His Father’s business. (Luke 2:49)

So let’s go Christians, the next time we have a comment to make or an opinion to give, let’s remember that we can either show our own true colors or paint a beautiful, redeeming portrait of Jesus Christ.

Photo Credit: Nick Taylor

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http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/the-words-were-spoken/

http://patromine.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/i-surrender-all/

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10 comments

  1. Convicting reminder we represent Christ in all we do (words and deeds). There is no intermission. We are either all in or not. I want to be fully in without a doubt to be imagined by those watching.

  2. Praise the Lord!

  3. Amen Sister! Great and important message. Truth and freedom are powerful things… and scary. To be the same in the eyes of God and man is not easy. To be free… to do what? Tough question. This is why we must rely on the Spirit that guides us.

  4. Thank you so much for helping me remember what’s important . . .and it’s not my opinion. 🙂
    “The loudest cease and desist order ever. A phenomenon.” I loved that! God bless you as you make it all about Him!

  5. Good News · ·

    What a wonderful article .. Many Blessings.. Bro Pat. Good News.

  6. this was wonderful. you know how to get people’s attention to listen and learn

  7. Very, very well said. These are words I needed to hear this morning. Confirmation mostly, but isn’t that the best kind?

    Yesterday afternoon, I texted my husband, telling him that someone had left a “not so nice” comment on the blog. It wasn’t overtly rude or anything, but just enough to possibly imply a slight. I expected my husband to soothe me with kinds words; instead he wrote back “Examine your heart.” It was the gentle smack to the forehead I needed.

    Bless you, Tahlitha.

    Cara

  8. Hi Cara. God bless you too. Husband’s, if given the chance, are packed with wisdom. Most times it’s short and sweet and the reason we fell in love with them in the first place.

    This post originally came from me examing my role and heart as a wife, the important role and view God has in my life. To always be a helpmeet and not to be opinionated. We all have opinions, it’s just better that I paint a picture of Christ than of myself.

    Have a lovely day.

  9. Planting Potatoes · ·

    Amen……I am blessed by your words today Tahlitha

  10. I love your summary… it is so true we can either reveal Christ and His glory in our words or we can show “our own true colors”. By His grace we will all paint a wonderful picture of Christ in the eyes of others today! Lord bless

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